Saturday, February 26, 2011

2 Down Only 5 to Go!

Here's the 2nd of the 7 grands' Easter garments.  This is for Miss R who requested pink with bunnies and hearts.  I got the pink and hte bunnies, but no hearts.  We'll save those for another time.
 I found this fabric which is a cotton blend, almost linen like.  It was in with the holiday prints.  I love that it doesn't scream Easter, even though the toile pattern does have rabbits. 
 I'm not sure I love this bunny on the smocking panel, but if I took it out there would be holes to deal with, so I think I like it enough to leave it.  I like the diamond pattern.  I'm not sure that what it is called.  I did back smocking on this, too.  I decided to use the ribbon above and below the smocking rather than piping, as I usually do. 
 As you can see, the ribbons go all the way around the back and make the ties for the bows.  I also added ribbon along the hem stitching.  I did put piping and binding on the neck and sleeves. 
This is a close up of the sash loops.  I made one long loop and stitched it down in the center to form two loops.
Next, it's on to Lil' E's and Lil' B's dresses.  I'm thinking they are going to be made alike.  Their mom has purchased some antique handkerchiefs that I will incorporate into these dresses, maybe as collars.  One of them has an embroidered E, the other a B.  They are white.  The fabric is a purple that leans toward lilac.  Lil' E's only requests were that it be purple and have sleeves and a bow in the back.  She also said that Lil' B wants purple, too.  This fabric is also a cotton blend with a fairly loose weave like linen.
Miss K, our oldest, and I are consulting one another over the internet and cell phone about her dress.  I've bought fabric that she has approved, so now, I've just got to make sure I get the right style.  Her reply when I asked her where she shops for dresses was, "Well, Granmomma, when we go shopping for clothes, I always walk right past the dresses without looking.  I wouldn't be caught dead in a dress at school.  The only time I wear a dress is when I have to and it's a fancy occasion."  So, she's not liking fru-fru anymore.  I want her to want me to keep sewing for her, so I will try to please this sweet young lady who will be 11 in May.
Then, it'll be on to the boys' clothing.


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Julia I just love this fabric. But I think pink is so perfect for Easter.

Jan said...

Just as I suspected, the dress did turn out awesome! What pattern did you use for the dress? Just wondering.

Uta said...

Such a beautiful dress! I love toile, and the colors are wonderful together. I wish I could smock. Lucky little girl!

sewing spots said...

You incorporated some neat features to this dress. I like your use of ribbon in place of piping. The double bow in the back is a neat feature.

gwensews said...

Precious dress. You sew a lot of love into your grands clothes and it shows.

Gail said...

Hi Julia, I always love the dresses you make. Haven't had much time for commenting lately, so if I don't add a comment know that I'm quitely admiring from afar.

MushyWear said...

You really found a neat print! The bunnies are adorable. Your attention to detail has produced an outstanding Easter dress!

Aminat said...

Such a beautiful fabric and gorgeous dress... Beautiful, please I would like to know the pattern you used ....

Kim said...

oh- it's got to be so hard when they get old enough to not want the frills anymore :( I know she'll like what you make for her :) I love the bunny dress- I really love the bunny too- and it's so sweet that she can wear it more than just at Easter. Beautiful work my friend :)

PS- I love your blog look :) Very springy!

Cindy said...

It turned out beautiful! I love the combo of pink and brown and that toile print is beautiful. I prefer Easter dresses that don't scream Easter, they get much more wear that way.:)

Rachel said...

I LOVE this dress. I think the bunny is perfect. The simplicity of the smocking plate compliments the busyness of the fabric. It is just perfection!!

Needled Mom said...

It turned out so beautifully. I love the double ties to frame the smocking.

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